Don't call it a coffee shop anymore: Starbucks shops in Dallas and Fort Worth will transform into wine and beer bars beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The three Starbucks The Dallas Morning News could confirm as early participants are at Shops at Park Lane in Dallas, at Lemmon Avenue and Inwood Road in Dallas, and in Sundance Square in Fort Worth. However, I've been tracking Starbucks licenses with the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission for months, and stores in Southlake, McKinney, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Mansfield, Highland Park, Murphy, Plano and Irving have also applied for or received licenses to sell beer and wine at their stores.
It's safe to say Starbucks' beer and wine program is expected to grow to other areas of Dallas-Fort Worth -- and soon.
The three Starbucks -- two in Dallas and one in Fort Worth -- are North Texas' first to sell beer and wine, however.
All three debut a new Starbucks Evenings food and drink menu on Tuesday, Nov. 3. And although it's technically an afternoon/evening menu, each store is offering food samples in the early mornings. Alcoholic beverages become available in the afternoon at all three locations.
Expect four bottled beers: Fireman's #4, Stone Brewing Co.'s saison, a Saint Arnold beer and a local one: McKinney brewery Franconia's wheat beer. The stores are also selling a sparkling wine, four whites and five reds. Drinks cost about $6 to $12.
The food lends itself to tapas-style food, made for sharing or snacking instead of grab 'n go.
The new Starbucks Evenings food in Dallas and Fort Worth includes:
- Spinach artichoke dip served with pita chips
- Truffle mac and cheese with parmesan bread crumbs
- Two flatbreads: chicken sausage and mushroom; artichoke and goat cheese
- Cheese plate with Irish cheddar, goat cheese, dried apricot
- Salami plate
- Beef and Italian sausage meatballs
- Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo and topped with a balsamic glaze
- Breaded chicken breast skewers served with honey dijon sauce on the side
- Truffled popcorn
The truffled popcorn is the least expensive item, at $2.45. The flatbreads are the highest, at $6.95.
Starbucks Evenings debuted in the coffee shop's home city of Seattle in 2010. The idea was to offer "a familiar place to gather later in the day," according to the company website. Besides, customers were already hanging out at Starbucks past the typical "morning coffee" times -- using wi-fi, conducting business meetings and grabbing a bite.
Starbucks has a sommelier (that's a wine expert) named Rachel Antalek who picked the drinks.
Chicago, Portland and other cities have already launched their Starbucks Evenings programs. The two shops in Dallas and one in Fort Worth are the first stores to do it in North Texas.
Now, will the new TABC license prohibit minors from entering Starbucks during drinking hours? No, says Chris Porter, public information officer for TABC. All three Starbucks have a beer and wine retailer's on-premise license, which is a long way of saying its license is similar to a restaurant.
"Provided the minors aren't served alcohol," Porter says, "the retailer may allow them on the premises at any time during business hours."
Participating Starbucks stores in D-FW: 8026 Park Lane, Dallas -- in Shops at Park Lane; 5715 Lemmon Ave., Dallas; and 141 W. 3rd St., Fort Worth.
Maria Halkias contributed to this story.